Increasingly, donors are looking to deploy different types of capital in support of change making initiatives. This means that philanthropists utilize not only philanthropic tools but impact investing tools as part of their giving strategies. But many of the opportunities to access impact investing dollars have been limited to those nonprofits with social enterprises or social purpose businesses. So how can other charities participate in this emerging field?
This session will explore the possibilities for ‘traditional charities’ to increase their revenues and expand donor relationships by activating impact investing partnerships through the use of Impact Donor Advised Funds and other emerging instruments. Presenters will use real world examples of how charities have been able to acquire impact investment funds for mission-aligned activities and financial returns.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Understanding of how to increase donor contributions through new instruments.

2. The process to create an impact investing opportunity.

3. Sector partners who can provide guidance on impact investing initiatives.

Elissa Beckett, MBA, CFRE

VP of Development and Strategic Initiatives

Tides Canada

Elissa Beckett is a professional fundraiser and businesswoman whose diverse experience has helped hone her core expertise: acting as an entrepreneur in all she does. It is this unique approach to fundraising that Elissa has brought to her role since joining Tides Canada in July 2014. Previously, she led the fundraising teams for WWF-Canada and the Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research. She is also the co-founder of Canada’s first Benefit Corporation, FlipGive, a web-based, grassroots fundraising tool that connects people who care to innovative new ways to raise funds.

Elissa holds an MBA from the Ivey School of Business and applies her business acumen and fundraising experience in her position on the Board of Directors of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (Toronto Chapter). As a thought leader on innovative trends in the nonprofit sector, Elissa developed and teaches “Entrepreneurial Fundraising” at Ryerson University. She is also part of the development team for the University of Toronto’s Non-Profit Leadership for Impact certificate, where she co-teaches “Building a Successful Non-Profit Organization”.


Jory Cohen

Director of Social Finance and Investment

Inspirit Foundation

Jory Cohen is the director of social finance and investment at the Inspirit Foundation where he played an integral role in launching Inspirit’s 100% impact portfolio. He continues to lead the roll-out of that strategy while managing all aspects of the finance department. Before joining Inspirit, Jory was the Managing Director of Youth Social Innovation Capital Fund (YSI), an impact investing fund. He also co-founded an impact venture in East Africa based on the fair-market-value sales of honey. Since graduating from the Richard Ivey School of Business at Western University as the Valedictorian of his class, Jory quickly garnered a reputation as a next-generation leader in the impact investing field. Jory is often called upon to share his expertise within the sector and academic institutions. He’s also co-authored a children’s book.

Todd Jaques

Director, Strategic Initiatives

Tides Canada

Todd Jaques collaborates with projects and partners to build uncommon solutions for the common good, including growing and cultivating the Tides Canada project community, building impact investing partnerships, and innovating the shared platform model. Prior to joining Tides Canada, Todd was the Director of Operations and Agriculture Partnerships at the Ontario Association of Food Banks, where he was responsible for creating new programs to increase food banks’ participation in sustainable food systems.